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[April Fools! Sort of…] Introducing XDA:BOOT
Every year at around this time, we here at XDA-Developers like to take a step back and figure out what we can do to make our little home on the web an even better place. About four years ago, we accomplished this by introducing the world to XDA Core. And then two years later, this meant shifting our priorities to a demonstrably superior operating system.
Today, I’d like to share with you a truly revolutionary idea that was the result of many femtoseconds of reptilian planning. I am, of course, referring to XDA:Ban On One’s Terms, also known as XDA:BOOT or simply “Boot” for short.
Before we talk a little more about Boot, it’d be helpful to shed light on its history and how we came up with this great idea. After taking an in depth look into our community’s website browsing habits, it became clear that the about 36.2247912% of users were spending an inordinately high number of hours browsing the forums. While the remaining 63.7752088% of users were browsing XDA a relatively healthy 23-24 hours per day, the top 5% were browsing the site as much as 72 hours per day! This quickly became problematic for many who often forgot to eat, sleep, or even use the restroom while browsing.
Now wait just one second… How can users browse the forum for more than 24 hours per day? Well, the answer to that question took a substantial amount of heavy analysis on our part. As it turns out, those top 5% of users were browsing so many threads in so many different forums that they were actually breaking the universal speed limit! Our findings, which were quickly shared with and confirmed by the Pokémon at CERN, left us with no choice other than to implement Boot.
So what is XDA:BOOT and how can it save those top 5% of users? As implied by its name, XDA:Ban On One’s Terms is a program where users can request a temporary ban for as long as they would like. All they have to do is visit the official XDA:BOOT thread and craft a reply stating how long they’d like to be banned. Then, a site administrator or moderator will administer the temporary ban as per your specification.
We are Boot. We are the 5%. Head over to the official XDA:BOOT thread to request your temporary ban today!
*Please note that this service is being provided in Beta form, and it may be cancelled at any time—current estimates point to about 17 hours from now.
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